Jedd Beaudoin


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Tuesday, October 13

Paradise is the latest release from The Wood Brothers, featuring Chris Wood, a founding member of the wide-ranging jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. With his brother Oliver, he’s created an enduring and remarkable Americana group that continues to grow a following with each passing record. We’ll hear from this new release on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Gates of Gold, the latest from Los Lobos. 

Wednesday, October 14 

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Musicians Ben Hunt, Sam Hake and David Lord have teamed up for a new album, one that draws from some unusual sources.

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Jenny Wood is a Wichita-based songwriter, guitarist and vocalist whose many musical projects include her solo work and fronting The Watchers. She is at work on a new album featuring Katy Guillen and The Girls. On this installment, she discusses her abilities as a whistler.

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Crushed Out guitarist and vocalist Franklin Hoier, who formed the band with drummer Moselle Spiller, was raised on popular music, but he says once he picked up the guitar and started making music of his own, he raced headlong into an exploration of rock’s roots.

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Thursday, October 1

Recorded live in the studio, Street Dogs is the first album in five years from Widespread Panic. Always known more for its live shows than its albums, Widespread Panic has managed to connect these sides of its sound for what is probably its best album to date. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Last Exit, the 1969 rarities collection from Traffic. 

Friday, October 2 


Bill Clegg’s new critically acclaimed novel Did You Ever Have A Family tells the story of June, the only survivor of a house fire, and the people and secrets that surround her and those she loves. After two memoirs about drug addiction and recovery, Clegg turned to familiar territory again, but this time that territory was the experience of growing up in a small Connecticut town. But the seeds for the novel were actually planted some time ago—all the way back when Clegg was writing his first book, Portrait of An Addict As A Young Man.

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If you watched Last Comic Standing during the NBC show’s recent ninth season, Michael Palascak’s face is more than a little familiar. He was a finalist on the show and is now part of the show’s live tour.

Palascak says that although being part of a competition could be nerve-wracking, he found a way of coping.

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Minnesota musician Charlie Parr says his work is influenced by history, folklore, and the musicians he makes friends with as he continues to tour the United States. KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Parr and has more.

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Tuesday, September 22

Minnesota-based musician Charlie Parr has been making albums for many years but has never worked with a full band until his latest release, Stumpjumper. Recorded in a matter of hours with friend and fellow musician Phil Cook, the record is one of Parr’s best to date. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from Phil Cook’s brand new release, Southland Mission

Wednesday, September 23

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Scott Allan Knost is a Kansas-based musician who has more than a decade of performing, writing and touring behind him. He has shared the stage with an eclectic mix of acts including LA Guns, Truckstop Honeymoon and Martin Sexton. Knost frequently tours Asia and Europe. Here, he discusses his beloved guitar, Guinevere, a name derived from the Edwin McCain song.